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To support evidence-based practice, we provide relevant clinical practice guidelines for APTA members. (These were previously housed at PTNow.) 

These CPGs are based on a systematic review of the evidence and published by APTA sections, or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies, not by individuals. APTA does not endorse any of these guidelines unless specifically noted.

Guidelines are provided to assist in clinical decision making, not to take the place of clinician judgment.

Some CPGs include a CPG+ analysis, a translation aid for applying CPGs to practice, including an Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II (AGREE II) conducted by a team of experts.

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VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management and Rehabilitation of Post-Acute Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) Version 3.0

June 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Brain Injuries

Clinical Practice Guideline for Physical Therapist Management of People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 17, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Rheumatoid Arthritis

2021 EULAR Recommendations for the Management of Self-Implementation Strategies in Patients With Inflammatory Arthritis

May 7, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Osteoarthritis

Ankle Stability and Movement Coordination Impairments: Lateral Ankle Ligament Sprains Revision (CPG+)

April 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Ankle Conditions

A Clinical Practice Guideline for the Use of Ankle-Foot Orthoses and Functional Electrical Stimulation Post-Stroke (CPG+)

April 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Foot Conditions, Stroke, Hemiplegia

Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults With Hip Fracture (CPG+)

February 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Fractures, Hip Conditions

The First Global Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines for People Living With Disability

January 3, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Preschool Child (2-5), Child (6-12), Young Adult (19-24), Adolescent (13-18), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson Disease, Spinal Conditions, Stroke, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Disorders

Management of Osteoporosis and the Prevention of Fragility Fractures [SIGN 142]

January 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Fractures, Osteoporosis

World Health Organization Guidelines on the Management of Chronic Pain in Children

December 22, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Newborn (birth-1mo), Preschool Child (2-5), Infant (1-23mo), Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Pain

COVID-19 Rapid Guideline: Managing the Long-term Effects of COVID-19 [NG188]

December 18, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: COVID-19

Diabetes in Pregnancy: Management of Diabetes and its Complications from Preconception to the Postnatal Period [NICE NG3]

December 16, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Diabetes Complications, Pregnancy

Peripheral Arterial Disease: Diagnosis and Management [NICE CG147]

December 11, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Peripheral Arterial Disease